Dec 9, 2013 11:00am PST
. >>> president obama and first lady michelle are on their way to south africa to attend nelson mandela's memorial service. mean tile, tributes to the anti-apartheid icon continue to pour in. nbc's ron allen has more. >> reporter: the celebration of the life of nelson mandela continues now for yet another day. >> i'm very proud to be a south african. >> reporter: all this in anticipation of a huge event tomorrow, the memorial service at the main soccer stadium here. it seats 80,000 to 100,000 people. there will be world leaders from across the globe, dozens of them, including president obama, former presidents clinton, bush, and carter. for the past few days, there's been an outpouring of emotion. it's mostly been celebration also mixed with grief and mourning. but most people here are trying to focus on the positive and focus on the legacy of nelson mandela. >> i decided to come and pay respects for actually teaching me to look beyond color, to learn how to forgive. >> that is what nelson mandela was and is, actually, still. bringing people together despite their differences. >> reporter: it's a
Dec 6, 2013 11:00am PST
. >>> now to the death of nelson mandela, a man who changed the world. many south africans are placing candles outsize his home and signs, and some dancing to celebrate the life of the man many call the father of their nation. flags are lowered at half-staff in south africa and the government is preparing funeral ceremonies that will draw dignitaries from around the globe. this morning, a state funeral will be held this sunday. >>> he lived his life thousands of miles away but mandela made quite an impact here in the bay area. it's pretty remarkable. this is video of a packed oakland coliseum during a visit by mandela in june of 1990. a crowd of 60,000 people came to see mandela in oakland. shortly after he was released from prison. he came to oakland because he found out there was a lot of support from students activist against apartheid in south africa. he also came because of the then congressman who was the first to offer resolutions in congress against apartheid. >> oakland was the symbol of the city that fought and that constantly held everybody -- the nation's feet to the fire.